Thursday, March 14, 2013

Deer Featured on U.S. Stamped Postal Card

First Day of Issue: March 8, 2013 - United States

The United States has issued a new Deer stamped postal card.

The silhouette of a deer now prances across Deer Stamped Card. A fanciful graphic of a golden deer, surrounded by gold and green cattails and grasses, captures the graceful look of an animal that is found in many countries around the world.

The white-tailed deer is the most common species of deer in the United States. Excellent runners and swimmers, whitetails can exceed speeds of 30 miles per hour when fleeing a predator.

In the 1800s, people on the frontier fashioned deerskins into jackets, clothing, and moccasins, and even traded the skins, known as buckskins, as a form of currency. As a result, a dollar bill is known as a “buck” to this day.

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Lotschberg Railway Featured on Swiss Stamp

First Day of Issue: March 7, 2013 - Switzerland

Switzerland has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Lotschberg Railway.

The Lotschberg Railway started operating in the summer of 1913 with the 14.612 kilometer Lotschberg Tunnel as its core element. And this impressive pioneering achievement continues to promote north-south exchanges and understanding to this day.

Learn more at: Swiss Post

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Baden Railway Station Theme of Austria Stamp

First Day of Issue: March 13, 2013 - Austria

Austria has issued a new postage stamp featuring the Baden Railway Station.

The stamp design features a scene from the early days of the Southern Railway. It is an 1846 image of the new locomotive "Bruck" from the Vienna-Gloggnitz line stopping at the Baden station.

Learn more at: Austrian Post

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Modern Art in America Theme of New U.S. Stamps

First Day of Issue: March 7, 2013 - United States

The United States has issued a set of twelve new postage stamps celebrating Modern Art in America.

In celebration of the triumph of modern art in America, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates 12 important modern artists and their works, 100 years after the groundbreaking Armory Show opened in New York in 1913. The masterpieces reproduced in the stamp art were created between 1912 and 1931.

The stamp sheet also includes a quote by Marcel Duchamp and verso text that identifies each work of art and briefly tells something about each artist.

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Carnival Theme of Uruguay Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: February 28, 2013 - Uruguay

Uruguay has issued a new postage stamp featuring the Carnival in Uruguay.

Learn more at: Correo Uruguay

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Railway Stations Theme of Singapore Stamps

First Day of Issue: February 28, 2013 - Singapore

Singapore has issued a set of four new postage stamps featuring Historic Railway Stations.

In Singapore, the need for a rail system started as early as 1860s as materials and goods had to be moved efficiently to Keppel Harbour, themain point of the import/export trade. The first railway system in Singapore was limited to the island and it was only in 1923 with the construction of the causeway that a direct link with Johor, Malaysia was realized.

Learn more at: Singapore Post

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Mattia Preti Honored on Malta Postage Stamps

First Day of Issue: February 23, 2013 - Malta

Malta has issued a new miniature sheet with two postage stamps celebrating the 400th birthday of Mattia Preti.

Arguably one of the most celebrated artists who worked in Malta during the Baroque era, Mattia Preti was born in Calabria, Italy, in 1613. Alongside his brother Gregorio, he worked extensively across Italy and also painted fresco cycles in churches in Rome and Venice.

The miniature sheet bearing two stamps portrays The Baptism of Christ; Painted early on during Preti's stay in Malta, this work ranks as one of his finest from that era and a Self-Portrait; was painted in the 1670s for his family chapel at the church of the nobility in St. Domenico di Taverna.

Learn more at: Malta Post

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Scouting the Theme of Sri Lanka Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: February 18, 2013 - Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has issued a new postage stamp honoring the 2013 Rajans International Scout Gathering of Centennial.

The most prestigious Buddhist College of the hill capital, Dharmaraja College celebrates her scout’s centenary in the year 2013. Being the winner of the King’s flag and All Island merit flag scout group and also the proud producer of a most outstanding scout of the Asia Pacific Region, the 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group organizes an international scout gathering “RISGO Centennial-2013” (Rajans International Scout Gathering of Centennial – 2013) with the support of Old Rajans Scout Association to commemorate 100 years of scouting.

Learn more at: Sri Lanka Philatelic Bureau

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Outhouses Grace New Finnish Postage Stamps

First Day of Issue: March 8, 2013 - Finland

Finland has issued a set of four new postage stamps depicting The Prettiest Outhouses.

Which one of these outhouses do you prefer: the log outhouse, the one painted with bright colours, one that reminds of a lighthouse, or the one built of hay bales?

The motifs were chosen in a photo contest arranged by the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper and Itella Posti Oy. The judges chose the prettiest Finnish outhouses from among more than 500 candidates. The four winners are located in different parts of Finland: Uusikaupunki, Polvijärvi, Mustasaari, and Kerimäki.

Learn more at: Posti

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Bank Swallow Featured on U.S. Stamped Envelope

First Day of Issue: March 1, 2013 - United States

The United States has issued a new stamped envelope featuring the Bank Swallow.

The Bank Swallow is the smallest swallow in North America.The highly realistic stamp art, based on photographs, shows a large illustration of the swallow perching and a smaller illustration of the bird in flight.

Like all swallows, bank swallows are agile songbirds that specialize in catching insects in midair. They use their beaks and feet to dig burrows in sandy banks overlooking lakes and streams. A typical bank swallow colony can have anywhere from ten to nearly 2,000 nests.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mexican Postage Stamp Commemorates
Presidential General Staff's Day

First Day of Issue: February 15, 2013 - Mexico

Mexico has issued a new postage stamp for Presidential General Staff's Day.

The design of the stamp features the front of the Molino del Rey building, the president's offices, and a general staff aircraft.

Learn more at: Correos de México

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Papal Bull Theme of New Malta Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: February 15, 2013 - Malta

Malta has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 9th Centenary of the Papal Bull.

A Papal bull is a form of charter or diploma issued under the authority of the Pope. The word 'bull' refers to the lead 'bulla', or seal, which is used to authenticate the document.

 On 15 February 1113 Pope Pascal II issued a Papal bull addressed to Gerard, who was the founder and superior of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, and to his lawful successors in perptuity.The Pope granted the Hospital the privilege to operate directly under the guardianship of the Apostolic See and the protection of the Pope.

This bull is therefore the beginning of the Hospital's history as an independent institution.

Learn more at: Malta Post

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Lucio San Pedro Honored on Philippines Stamp

First Day of Issue: February 11, 2013 - Philippines

The Philippines has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 100th birthday of Lucio San Pedro.

Maestro Lucio San Pedro was given the National Artist for Music recognition in 1991, recognizing his valuable contribution to original Filipino music.

The stamp design is a close up photo of Maestro Lucio San Pedro with the title of his song, “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan” and his signature on the background.

Learn more at: Philpost

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Chinese Zodiac Theme of Singapore Stamps

First Day of Issue: February 8, 2013 - Singapore

Singapore will issue a set of six new postage stamps featuring the first six animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

The year of the Snake is the 6th animal in the Chinese Zodiac and as such the sheet will feature this first 6 animals, namely the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon and the snake.

Learn more at: Singapore Post

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Coronation Commemoratives is the Theme of
Cook Islands Postage Stamps

First Day of Issue: February 6, 2013 - Cook Islands


Cook Islands has issued a set of six postage stamps featuring various commemorative items dating from the Coronation of Queen Victoria through the present monarch Queen Elizabeth II.

Medals, china or pottery drinking mugs - sometimes badges - were all treasured keepsakes for generations. They were, and remain, remembrances of times when processions, pageants, firework displays, street parties and sports celebrated the Coronation of a new King or Queen.


Learn more at: Cook Islands Philatelic Bureau

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Penrhyn Issues Year of the Snake Postage Stamps

First Day of Issue: February 21, 2013 - Penrhyn

Penrhyn has issued a set of four new postage stamps celebrating the Year of the Snake.

The Snake is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Snake begins on February 10, 2013, and ends on January 30, 2014.

Learn more at: Cook Islands Philatelic Bureau

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Valentine's Day Theme of Mexican Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: February 8, 2013 - Mexico

Mexico has issued a new postage stamp for Valentine's Day.

The design of the stamp features a couple of colorful love birds in front of two red hearts and wrapped with a red ribbon with the inscription Day of Love and Friendship (Dia del Amor y la Amistad).

Learn more at: Correos de México

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Cook Islands Issues Year of the Snake Stamps

First Day of Issue: February 21, 2013 - Cook Islands

Cook Islands has issued a set of four new postage stamps celebrating the Year of the Snake.

The Snake is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Snake begins on February 10, 2013, and ends on January 30, 2014.

Learn more at: Cook Islands Philatelic Bureau

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Satellite Theme of Azerbaijan Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: January 15, 2013 - Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan has issued a miniature sheet with one postage stamp celebrating Azerbaijan's First Telecommunications Satellite.

Learn more at: Azermarka

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Audit Day Theme of Bangladesh Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: February 7, 2013 - Bangladesh

Bangladesh has issued a new postage stamp with the theme Audit Day 2012.

Learn more at: Bangladesh Post Office

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Aitutaki Issues Year of the Snake Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: February 21, 2013 - Aitutaki

Aitutaki has issued a set of four new postage stamps celebrating the Year of the Snake.

The Snake is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Snake begins on February 10, 2013, and ends on January 30, 2014.

Learn more at: Cook Islands Philatelic Bureau

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Postage Stamp Honors Asian-Pacific Postal Union

First Day of Issue: January 13, 2013 - Bangladesh

Bangladesh has issued a new postage stamp with celebrating the 50th anniversary of the  Asian-Pacific Postal Union.

Learn more at: Bangladesh Post Office

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Bangladesh Stamp Honors SOS Children's Villages

First Day of Issue: January 30, 2013 - Bangladesh

Bangladesh has issued a new postage stamp honoring SOS Children's Villages.

SOS Children’s Villages work to support vulnerable children in many countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia and Ukraine.

Learn more at: Bangladesh Post Office

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Niuafo’ou Issues Year of the Snake Stamps

First Day of Issue: February 20, 2013 - Niuafo’ou

Niuafo’ou has issued a set of four new postage stamps celebrating the Year of the Snake.

The Snake is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Snake begins on February 10, 2013, and ends on January 30, 2014.

Learn more at: Tonga Philatelic Bureau

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Migratory Birds Theme of Bangladesh Stamp

First Day of Issue: January 13, 2013 - Bangladesh

Bangladesh has issued a set of eight new postage stamps featuring Migratory Birds of Bangladesh.

Learn more at: Bangladesh Post Office

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Tonga Issues Year of the Snake Postage Stamps

First Day of Issue: February 20, 2013 - Tonga

Tonga has issued a set of four new postage stamps celebrating the Year of the Snake.

The Snake is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Snake begins on February 10, 2013, and ends on January 30, 2014.

Learn more at: Tonga Philatelic Bureau

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Love the Theme of New Philippines Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: January 14, 2013 - Philippines

The Philippines has issued a new postage stamp with the theme “I Love You” (Mahal Kita).

The design for the stamp is a stylized drawing of a couple holding hands, wearing traditional Filipino costumes who profess their love for each other. The man hands in a bouquet of flowers while the woman holds a love letter.

Learn more at: Philpost

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Azerbaijan Issues Year of the Snake Stamps

First Day of Issue: January 23, 2013 - Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan has issued a set of five new postage stamps celebrating the Year of the Snake.

The Snake is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Snake begins on February 10, 2013, and ends on January 30, 2014.

Learn more at: Azermarka

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Yennayer is Theme of Algerian Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: January 12, 2013 - Algeria

Algeria has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the Festival of Yennayer.

Yennayer is the first day of the new year on calendars used since ancient times by Berbers across North Africa.

Today across Algeria, Yennayer is a feast that is regarded as a national celebration.

Learn more at: Algerie poste

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Samoa Issues Year of the Snake Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: February 9, 2013 - Samoa

Samoa has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the Year of the Snake.

The Snake is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Snake begins on February 10, 2013, and ends on January 30, 2014.

Learn more at: Samoa Philatelic Bureau

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